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The Complete Guide to Diamond Engagement Rings

The Complete Guide to Diamond Engagement Rings

From solitaire rings to three stone engagement rings, diamond engagement rings come in many different styles. Today, we're going to explore the many differences between engagement rings, available settings, and the even difference between modern and vintage rings.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Solitaire engagement rings are a classic, timeless, and sophisticated style. When most people think of an engagement ring, they think of a solitaire. Let's take a look at what a solitaire cut really is and why it's so prized.

What Does Solitaire Cut Engagement Rings Mean?

A solitaire cut engagement ring is the quintessential engagement ring. If you see a ring on television, it's probably a solitaire. A solitaire has a simple band and a very large center stone. It's a sleek design that really puts all the emphasis on the weight of the central diamond. 

What are Princess Cut Solitaire Engagement Rings?

Princess cut diamonds are a specific type of diamond that's actually mostly common in engagement rings. They are square and they are, in some ways, an older cut, because they don't make the diamond sparkle quite as much as some more recent cuts. But for many, this is desirable, as it gives the ring a more classic feel. It also enhances the sheer weight, size, and presence of the diamond.

What are Considered Cushion Cut Solitaire Engagement Rings?

At first blush, a princess cut looks very similar to a cushion cut. But there are differences. While both are square, the cushion cut is slightly rounded out at all edges. It retains its square appearance, but it lets more light into the stone. The cushion cut can be considered an "updated" version of a princess cut, but that doesn't mean it's better. 

What is an Emerald Cut?

Diamond rings generally prioritize a single large diamond. Because that diamond is so important, the cut really matters. In three stone round engagement rings, all stones will be round. In three stone vintage engagement rings, though, you might find an emerald cut. Emeralds are often cut into rectangles rather than circles.

There are princess cut, cushion cut, marquise-cut diamonds, and much, much, more. It all depends on the style that you're interested in. Both round cuts and cushion cuts tend to be more popular in todays fashion. 

Do You Offer Wide Band Solitaire Engagement Rings?

We offer an extraordinary wide band solitaire engagement ring that puts the diamond at complete, central focus. This ring has an elegant trellis setting and can hold a diamond of up to 1.5 carats.

What are Your Most Popular Solitaire Engagement Rings?

We have a single solitaire engagement ring: 14K White Gold Trellis Engagement Ring. This ring comes with a bold 14K white gold band that is thicker than many solitaire rings and balances the stone very nicely.

If you're interested in solitaire engagement rings, consider browsing the easy-to-customize options that we have. All our rings can be designed around your favorite center stone, to ensure that you get exactly what you want.

Three Stone Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are complex. There is an extraordinary number of materials, stones, and settings. How can you decide which is right for you? Today, we'll take a look at the classic three-stone engagement ring.

What are Three Stone Engagement Rings?

A three-stone engagement ring is a ring that has three stones centered rather than a single stone. Traditionally, three stone engagement rings symbolize the "past, present, and future" of a relationship. However, some also say that it symbolizes a husband, wife, and child or children. 

There are different types of three-stone engagement rings. The classic is a gold three-stone engagement ring with two smaller stones at either side of a singular, large stone: oOo. But there are modern rings that have each stone the same size: OOO. The cuts can also vary; a three-stone engagement ring might have a circular diamond or even a square-cut gem. Further, while three stone vintage engagement rings almost always use diamonds, they don't have to.

For a modern flair, a three-stone engagement ring could have, for instance, a sapphire, diamond, and then sapphire. It depends on a person's personal style.

Three-stone engagement rings are frequently counted by the complete weight of the diamonds or stones involved; so, you might have three smaller stones rather than a single very large stone in a three-stone engagement ring. Regardless of the size, three stone engagement rings due tend to be more substantial "statement" pieces.

Are Three Stone Engagement Rings Considered a Vintage Style? 

It would be accurate to call three stone engagement rings a classic style. It is not quite vintage because while it has been very popular throughout history, it's also still popular. Generally, a vintage-style refers to something that was popular and is no longer commonplace. Additionally, many of the beautiful, fine settings used today would not be easy with older craftsmanship — the design is timeless, but there have been many improvements.

What are Your 3 Most Popular Three Stone Engagement Rings?

Each of these rings features three stones, but in slightly different configurations:

Halo Engagement Rings

Shouldn't every angel get a halo?

Halo rings are a traditional style of engagement ring in which a center stone is surrounded by much smaller stones. Not only is it a popular setting, but it's also one of the most popular and persistent styles.

What is a Halo Setting for Engagement Rings? 

A large center stone is surrounded by smaller stones in a halo setting, but beyond that, halo settings can come in a lot of styles. The center gem may be round or square. The band may be plain, or stone studded. The major characteristic will always be that the halo setting has a "halo" of diamonds around a center diamond, although some non-traditional rings may actually have different stones.

Why are Halo Engagement Rings so Popular?

There are a lot of reasons. The halo around the ring increases its brilliance, so all the stones combined look much brighter. This design can support non-traditional cuts of stone such as the marquise cut. Halo engagement rings can also be paired with stacking rings, to make them even brighter and more noticeable.

And because there are so many variations, you can find the perfect ring for you. Oval halo engagement rings, cushion cut halo engagement rings, even vintage halo engagement rings can be found.

A halo engagement ring often focuses on a large center stone and the halo around that stone also makes the center stone look much bigger. So, engagement rings in the halo style are also a great way to get the look and feel of a larger gem. 

What are Your 3 Most Popular Halo Engagement Rings?

When you choose halo engagement rings, you'll be looking at the size and shape of the center stone, the weight of the surrounding stones, and the general design of the band.

Antique Style Engagement Rings

What exactly does it mean when we refer to an "antique style" engagement ring? If you love antiques, you'll want to know. Let's take a look at what antique style means for engagement rings.

What are Antique Style Engagement Rings?

An antique-style engagement ring is a ring that's designed in the same way as a ring would have been decades or even centuries ago. Solitaire rings, for instance, have been in existence for a very long time. Often, they have a timeless or vintage cut such as a princess cut for their stone. Importantly, an antique-style engagement ring is not, itself, vintage, but rather done in the style of a vintage ring.

Most engagement rings have not changed substantially with time. But there are many more modern-looking rings available today. If someone wants a more intricate, classic ring, they would be looking for an antique-style engagement ring.

Why Would You Want Antique Engagement Rings?

Antique-style engagement rings are timeless. When you get an antique or vintage ring, you know that it's not just a trend. It's something that you can pass down throughout your family for generations.

But the choice can also have to do with the particular type of style. Antique rings are associated with many things: sophistication, charm, and polish. Some people simply prefer antique styles. An antique cut diamond tends to be less flashy and more subdued, which is what some people desire. Antique settings will have a sort of timeless appeal and charm.

Though you may want an antique or vintage style ring, though, it's possible that you don't want an actual antique engagement ring. Antique engagement rings may have loose settings, may not have their original gems, and their gems may not be cut to bring in enough light. An antique-style ring allows for the best of both worlds.

What are Your 3 Most Popular Antique Style Engagement Rings?

Single Row Engagement Rings

Single row engagement rings are nearly as close to the quintessential ring as you can get. Similar to solitaire rings, they feature a large central stone. 

What are Single Row Engagement Rings?

A central diamond appears in a single row of smaller diamonds. Single row engagement rings are typified by a row of diamonds (usually diamonds at either end rather than all the way around the band) that meet at a center diamond setting. It is very similar to a solitaire ring, except insofar as it has diamonds across the band as well.

Single row engagement rings are flashier than solitaire rings while still being more subdued than many more expressive styles. Like a halo engagement ring, the single row engagement ring makes the center diamond a little flashier, because it diffuses light through the line of diamonds. 

Single row rings have been popular for many years.

Why Are Single Row Engagement Rings Popular?

Single row engagement rings may seem to be fairly direct, but they can actually vary significantly in style. This is because the diamond is put in focus and the diamond can be any cut. If you want an engagement ring with a large, noticeable stone, a single-row engagement ring is a great idea. 

To customize a single-row engagement ring, the band is usually modified. Some bands will have diamonds at the front, top, and bottom. Some bands will have filigree or other designs. Still, others might have a multitude of different sizes of diamonds.

What are Your 3 Most Popular Single Row Engagement Rings?

Here are some of our most popular women’s single row diamond engagement rings:

Multi Row Engagement Rings

Multi row engagement rings are a spectacular way to not only showcase a diamond but also set off the band. With a multi row engagement ring, you can have dozens of sparkling diamonds across a single ring, all leading up to a perfectly cut diamond.

What are Multi Row Engagement Rings?

Multi row engagement rings can look very different depending on the type of band. Traditionally, a multi row engagement ring is any ring with multiple rows of diamonds. So, a multi row engagement ring frequently has branching sections, one top and one bottom, which meet at the setting: <0>. But a multi row engagement ring can also have multiple rows along the same band: =0=. In either configuration, there are multiple rows of beautiful, sparkling diamonds.

Why Do People Choose Multi Row Engagement Rings?

Rather than having a single diamond, multi row engagement rings can have dozens of diamonds which all connect to a large, central diamond. So, these rings are sparkier, more dramatic, and more noticeable than a ring that has only a single row of diamonds or even just a single diamond altogether.

Multi row engagement rings are particularly good for those who want a bolder, statement ring. A single row diamond ring will look more delicate, whereas a multi row ring will have dozens of diamonds across the band. But a single row diamond ring could be better for those who really want to showcase their diamond.

What are Your 3 Most Popular Multi Row Engagement Rings?

Bypass Engagement Rings

You've probably already seen a bypass engagement ring but not known what it's called. A bypass engagement ring is designed so that both sides don't meet in the center. Rather, one side swirls up and the other side swirls down, around a center stone (or center stones). Bypass rings are elegant, classic, and timeless, with an art deco feel that can't be denied.

What are Bypass Engagement Rings?

A bypass setting is an intricate type of art deco-inspired setting with a flourish to the top and a flourish to the bottom. These flourishes don't directly connect, but rather connect through the setting that sets the major stone. Sometimes the bypasses are jeweled and sometimes they are just metal.

A bypass engagement ring is often prized for its unique look. Bypass diamond engagement rings aren't just simple bands, and they can give some style and substance to any stone. 

Because the setting and band are both so important to bypass engagement rings, it's even more important to have a custom designer or talented jeweler. With a traditional single-band wedding ring, the stone itself and its setting are the only things that are really important. But with bypass whirl engagement rings, the engagement ring design is also exceptionally important.

Why Should You Choose a Bypass Engagement Ring?

Bypass engagement rings are perfect for those who are hesitant to get a "regular" engagement ring because it looks too plain. For those who aren't interested in a large amount of stone/diamonds, a bypass engagement ring adds style and substance without adding more carats. For those who do want larger amounts of stone/diamonds, a bypass engagement ring provides more material to cover. 

What are Your 3 Most Popular Bypass Engagement Rings?

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